Samsung Wave review
The Samsung Wave is the first phone to use the new Samsung Bada OS and features the world’s first Super AMOLED display, for sharper, brighter images and a super fast response. It's a phone with an awful lot going for it, but at the same time it's hard to see it going head-to-head against the best smartphones.
Let's take a look at the Super AMOLED display first. Yep, it's outstanding and as good as the hype suggests. Samsung are the world's pioneers of Super AMOLED technology, and only Samsung phones will have this for the immediate future. The big thing about Super AMOLED is that the screen itself is touch sensitive, instead of the touch sensitive layer being placed on top of the screen. This results is a brighter display and up to 80% less reflected light, so when outdoors the display is much sharper and brighter than an ordinary TFT display. That's the theory, and we have to say it works in practice! The Wave has a gorgeous 800 x 480 pixel capacitive touchscreen, and the result is a pin-sharp display.
While we're talking about appearance, it's worth stopping to mention just how good the Wave looks in the flesh. It looks a whole lot better than in the photo here. What this photo fails to get across is how shiny and metallic the Wave looks, and how tactile it is. It's ultraslim too, at under 11mm in thickness, yet it feels solid and weighs in at 118g. It looks good, it feels good. You want to hold it, you want to own it. And the Super AMOLED screen isn't the only place where Samsung have crammed quality into their new flagship phone. But before we investigate the insides, let's consider the operating system next. For the Wave is also the first phone to run Samsung's new Bada smartphone operating system.
Bada is a multi-tasking mobile operating system designed by Samsung for use in phones and tablet devices. While the Wave has standard apps such as facebook, twitter and email, the number of useful apps available for download is minimal at present. Frankly, we doubt that Bada will ever rival Apple's OS X, Google's Android or Microsoft's WinMobile operating systems for apps.
Sitting on top of Bada is Samsung's usual touchscreen user interface, TouchWiz 3D 3.0. This 3.0 version is the very latest and has been redesigned after user feedback from earlier releases. We've always been fans of TouchWiz, and the 3D 3.0 version is fantastic. Existing Samsung users will love it, and we think everyone else will too! TouchWiz features a number of home screens that are fully customisable, so you can add your own widgets and shortcuts to create an interface that works for you. Looks like Samsung may have picked up a few tips from Android here, which is no bad thing. You also have access to a full-sized virtual QWERTY keyboard, which makes texting and email a breeze. The keyboard changes when you rotate between landscape and portrait modes, with larger keys available when in landscape. The new Social Hub has been designed from the ground up to seamlessly integrate all major email providers, IM and social networking services such as Yahoo, MSN, Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.
The web browser isn't the best, with no support for flash, but the AMOLED screen does provide a good platform for viewing at least. You can however watch YouTube videos.
The Wave is a flagship phone for Samsung, and they've packed in the kind of hardware that impresses. Top of the bill is a super-fast 1GHz Hummingbird processor that delivers a lightning fast response to key presses and generally enables the phone to fly. The camera's impressive, with 5 megapixels, autofocus and flash. The video camera is outstanding too and can record in high definition (720p) and in slow motion and the Wave also support video calling. The music player is excellent, with 5.1 surround sound and an FM radio with RDS too. When playing back video, the Wave supports pretty much all formats, including DivX and Xvid. The fast processor and Super AMOLED screen make all the difference here. A GPS receiver is built in too, with Samsung's own proprietary mapping system.
There's plenty of memory for all the multimedia features too, with a full 1GB of memory built-in, plus support for microSD cards up to 32GB. Battery life is good, with the monster 1500mAh battery delivering plenty of grunt, and connectivity is excellent with support for 3G HSPDA 7.2Mbps, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and USB. The 3.5mm audio jack enables a third-party stereo headphone to be plugged in.
Overall we like the Wave very much. It has a few shortcomings, but excels in so many other areas. It's a logical upgrade for users of previous Samsung phones such as the Jet. As a smartphone, we feel that at present it can't compete on a level playing field with phones such as the iPhone 3G S or the Android-based HTC Desire. But if you regard it instead as a high-end non-smart phone with a few extra features, then you'll find it meets your expectations. Remember that the Wave is considerably cheaper than the iPhone 3G S, and has some very impressive features that outperform the iPhone in some ways. Just don't hope for too many apps in the near future!
Samsung Wave features include:
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash, face detection, smile shot and 4x digital zoom
- HD video recording (Up to 720p) / video calling
- Display: Super AMOLED, 16 million colours, 480 x 800 pixels (3.3 inches) touchscreen with auto-rotate
- Music player with 3D sound
- FM radio RDS
- MP3 ringtones
- Integrated handsfree speaker
- AGPS with geo-tagging
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, instant messaging, email
- Personal organiser functions (1,000 phonebook entries)
- Picsel document viewer
- 10 embedded Java games
- Memory: 1GB plus MicroSD memory card (up to 32GB)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, TV-Out
- Internet: Dolfin Browser 2.0, GPRS, EDGE, 3G
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900), dual band 3G (900/2100)
- Size: 118 x 56 x 10.9 mm
- Weight: 118g
- Talktime: 7 hours - 15 hours
- Battery standby: 550 - 600 hours
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Samsung Wave user reviews
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Average rating from 131 reviews:
Reviewed by ac
on 15th Jun 2014
I hate this phone with a passion; operation keys change without notice
which has triggered an inability to connect to the internet - a very
expensive alarm clock/timer (when the battery decided to keep a
Reviewed by Jan from UK on 8th Jun 2012
Hooray, my contract is out this month and I can trade the phone in -
its been a long 2 years! Screen feezes, does not pick up signal, DNS
failures - the list goes on!
Reviewed by Nour from Egypt on 11th May 2012
I had this phone for 5 month, Camera is good. screen is awesome. Everything
else sucks so much. it sounds so poor and its slow and there is no Apps
at all it sucks.
Reviewed by lucky from Zimbabwe on 7th Apr 2012
l have had this phone for 6months and I hate it with a passion. its
a wave 3 gts 8600 it does not want to connect to samsung app. I even
went as far as south Africa to try and get this problem fixed but still
no change so I dt have applications l like opera min facebook, nimbuz
just to say a few . samsung software's has a proven even my samsung
home theatre suddenly wrote a protection error and that was it. so for
me nomore samsung products in my house
Reviewed by richard simcox from UK on 24th Mar
great phone but having internet probs as the wi-fi has never worked
on it. The phone is supplied by Vodafone and in 12 months of trying
and 2 so-called repairs by Vodafone engineers the problem still exists.
If it wasnt for this problem it would be a great phone and as a result
i cant wait to get rid of it and i wouldnt recommend it to anyone else
either. As for Vodafones response and customer service over my problems
it has been absolutely terrible
Reviewed by jack from england on 13th Mar 2012
it is an amazing fone great screen resolution and it is really good
for facebook and for going online.if you want a decent fone this is
it with its amazing camera and hd videos dont listen to wot other people
say it is amazing never had a problem and its not to complicated thats
why i would rather have one of these than a galaxy any day
Reviewed by Brian from England on 25th Feb 2012
I have had the samsung wave S8500 since Aug 2010 on a 2year contract
worst luck and I have to say it's the worst Samsung phone that I have
ever owned very poor on the amount of apps availible the screen is forever
freezing when trying do most things other than making aphone call and
the only way to unfreeze it is to remove the battery every time, It
unlocks whilst in your pocke in other words its rubbish roll on August
so I can change it.
Reviewed by HOWARD from ENGLAND on 4th Feb 2012
Had my Samsung wave for 12 months. Worked perfectly then the email system
stopped working. Orange Technicians do not seem to be able to fix the
problem. Samsung Kies software reloaded on the phone then emails started
to come through for 3 days, then guess what nothing again. Driving me
mad. Has anybody the answer. I am using a Freeserve email address, connected
with Orange network. I am not a technical person, but have had many
sessions with the Technical guys at 150 Orange network. Do I cancel
my contract as I am Orange are not meeting the contractual agreement.
Very disappointed it cannot be sorted.
Reply by Sarah from UK on 13th Mar
I have had my phone almost two years (contract runs out in June)and
it is the worst phone I have ever had. I am paying for email etc and
I have not had email since July last year. I have spent more time on
the phone to Orange than my own family, emailed and been ignored and
now think I should just change to another provider as Orange is not
coming up with the goods! I am doubtful about having another Samsung
and am looking at HTC at present. I have been with Orange for years
and I have no faith in them - the phone is pretty useless - face book
I cannot access. Orangeworld is a waste of memory and I am totally fed
up with it all. Anyway - better luck next time!
Reviewed by charl from england on 21st Jan 2012
i have this phone and it doesnt come up with notifications or let to
reply to fb messages and thats if it comes up most of the time it says
failed to connect to server? it also freezes and i have to take the
back out and the touch screen goes and i have to leave it off over nite!
i havent had the phone that long either about 5 months if tha! its impossible
to download apps on and that is the main reason i got the phone tbh
but pictures are good and texting is good not as difficult lik ethe
other touch screens and is miles better than a blakcberry!
Reviewed by c hind from lancashire on 13th Jan
i like the phone but it won't go on facebook in both 3g and wifi modes,it
says failed to connect to server is there anything i can do
Reviewed by dj from uk on 2nd Jan 2012
do not buy it plays up is very difficult to use at times and i knews
apps were low compared to itunes but seriously some decent ones in english
would help. samsung- better luck next time
Reviewed by RodtheFierce from Ireland on 7th Dec
I've had this phone over a year now, its by far the best phone I've
had. How is it not a smart phone, it may not have all the features of
an iPhone but it still does a lot of different things other than phoning
people hence the name Smart phone.
Reviewed by Record
on 25th Jun 2011
I'm from Nigeria. I haven't used d iphone or d d htc desire, but dis is an incredible piece of a hand held machine. Among all d lots I've used b4(Nokia communicator,htc,xda mini s) etc, dis is d best. I luv it. Can't explain how I feel each time I handle it. Great phone. 7 stars(it is a teddy worth peting).
Reviewed by Pete
on 28th May 2011
Loved this phone when i first got it, however after 8 months i cant wait for my contract to end so i can change it. Ok screen is good, but its a nightmare to clean, Phone keeps turning itself off (sometimes 3 times a day) its VERY slippery and easily dropped, key presses are delayed and annoying, and the battery is VERY poor, needs charging every day in moderate use. My 'call' button has stopped working, alarm clock has NEVER worked properly (u have to delete the alarm u have set and set it again for it to work the next day) gonna take phone in for repair of these issues and will NEVER buy samsung again, sorry
Reviewed by lava
on 12th May 2011
I've had this phone for 1 year and it is AMAZING. The screen quality is fantastic and texting is easy. The apps are good too.
Reviewed by jon
on 2nd May 2011
i have the phone on a two year contract and i am counting down the days till it ends, i hate the phone with a passion and i really wish i had looked into the phone in more detail before i bought it and i would have stayed away, the software is rubbish and i cant update it, the screen is to narrow and the 1ghz cpu is very slow the phone freezes about 1 minute before i get a text and 1 minute after i have sent a text, samsung apps show that i have 6 apps for update and i have not downloaded any apps. my advice stay away from this phone and find something else
Reviewed by Alan Curtis
on 23rd Apr 2011
The wave is a good phone, a fresh clear front. the one problem i have is it keeps phoning people mainly if ive just text them, when i foned 02 they thought it hilarious, I hav eto make sure i take the menu back to the home page each time i use it
Reviewed by luke
on 8th Apr 2011
I think the phone is decent at time, but it breaks way to easily! My power button and call button dont work, so i had to send it off to be fixed. My mum payed for a 2 year contract which also comes with a type of insurance that will pay for the phone. Well i got it back today and they hadnt fixed it. I then found out it was water damage to the mother board? But it also stated that it would cost; but my mum has already payed for a repair thing for the phone anyway. anyone onto the apps, at first they were pretty.. rubbish, but after a recent update it seems to have got slightly better. And the video calling on it dosnt work for me (if you need a certain type of contract to get that im not sure) but that wasnt a problem anyway. Everything else about the phone is good. Like the super AMOLED screen and the camera. But a warning to buyers, be careful!
Reviewed by Paul
on 31st Mar 2011
Love the phone and all its features with 1 major failure. The CPU/ processor sometimes gone mad and run 99% when IDLE. Result is as expected: overheat and battery drained within hours.
Reviewed by Monty
on 25th Mar 2011
I thought the Wave was a great phone. Well the features are but the Bada operating system is not. There is problem after problem with their firmware updates
Reviewed by paul
on 23rd Feb 2011
had the wave 8 months and still more than happy
Reviewed by john
on 22nd Feb 2011
Where do i start the worst phone i have ever had, the bada operating system is a piece of junk, non of the things they said it would do work, samsung apps say i have 4 apps for update and i dont, the phone is dropping signal all the time, even though the phone has a 1 GHz processor its very slow and when i get and send a text the phone freezes for 30 seconds. in my opinion if you want a phone get another.
Reviewed by Eckmort
on 27th Jan 2011
Bought my gf this phone a few months back. nightmare memory issue She always has to close all widgets etc Bought memory card made no difference. Screen is good - Bada is BAD
Reviewed by Paul Heather
on 27th Jan 2011
Looked a various mobile phones,and would have liked the iPhone,however because of the cost I looked at the Samsung wave. I must admit it has proved to be a good bye.When you compare the cost to the iPhone the wave is good value. Two thing I would say are not in it,s favor are the battery life,seem to be charging it every day and the apps are not as good as the iPhone. Overall I would recommend this phone.
Reviewed by martin
on 22nd Jan 2011
had this phone for 3 months, and yes it looks good, but i player does not work, you can,t update any apps even when it tells you they need it. wifi and 3g have now crashed, got to send it away and that is not what i expect of a new phone, have spoken to t mobile and the guy in the shop has the same phone and has the same problems, so come on samsung you made a big song n dance about this phone , well live up to it and get these little things sorted and you will end up with a good but not great phone, also port the android to it and it will be GREAT .........
Reviewed by Natasha
on 20th Jan 2011
This is the worst phone I have ever owned. I can never access the net as it continually asks for a password which I never have as it's on the back of my home hub. I can never answer calls as you have to hold down the accept key but by the time the phone accepts the call, the caller has hung up. Texting is a joke as the buttons are too sensitive and profile picture spreads across whole screen. Unlock keeps unocking itself too. The list is endless. Worst purchase I have ever made
Reviewed by skippy70
on 18th Jan 2011
had this phone for 6 months now . all in all good phone. but if you want this phone for apps then forget about it as they are rubbish !!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by MIchelle
on 10th Jan 2011
I'm 6 months into a 24 months contract with this phone and really not sure what to do. Even considering taking out another contract or buying a cheap phone to get me through next 18 months. I had to buy a new phone charger yesterday as one i had stopped charging. Battery life is a nightmare, having to re-charge every day. If i have to many aps open, can't view messages as says memory to full. at first switched itselt off and straight back on very rare now it is doing it 5-6 times a time plus. When this phone was advertised as a competitor of the i-phone, think it was just a lie. My friends now have the i phone and nothing like it, its a joke!
Reviewed by Stefan Trujillo
on 10th Jan 2011
There's only one place I would like to send this phone! That's to envirofone! Do what you like with this phone atleast give me something for it.
Reviewed by Veronica Williams from Spain
on 19th Dec 2010
I bought the Samsung Wave 3 months ago and have had ample time to check it out. I agree with the above review and just want to add, I was a little frustrated that Skype was not available to download for a long time. I was able to download it over a third party software but it was shut down end of October 2010 for no apparent reason. I continued my quest to install Skype on the Wave and about 3 weeks ago was successful. Here the app to download;Skype_s5620. It works however like ICQ, meaning it loses connectivity if you are not on that page, or your phone locks automatically, manual reconnection may be required. Overall, I love the phone,watching videos is a joy, especially when you are stuck at airports. Internet access is overall good and considering it is a fraction of the price of an iphone 4, it is every bit as good in many aspects.
Reviewed by andy
on 9th Dec 2010
Does anybody else have the problem the charge is rubbish. I used the phone to make a few texts one day and the next day the phone needs charging again. I'm not using any other features. This is a daily occurrence. The phone needs charging every day? Please help
Reply by Georgie
on 2nd Mar 2014
Ditto! - sent it back to service centre and they replaced the battery
as it was only 6 months old. Charged one day, flat the next and I
haven't even made a call or sent a text. Very disappointing!!!!!
Reviewed by Tayla from England on 6th Dec 2010
well, in all honesty, this phone is a pretty cool smart phone but has
a great hd screen. i would highly recommend this phone to people of
all ages really the touch screen is fab, the camera is pretty good,
all round a great phone for anybody. dont listen to all the bad comments
because there isnt a single fault with this phone, many thanks tay tay
Reviewed by shuel from england on 4th Dec 2010
this is the best phone ever. the super amoled screen is the best i have
ever seen. the 1ghz processer is suprisingly fast however it does sometimes
freeze. the HD video recording is fantastic. i would reccommend you
buy this phone!!!
Reviewed by Ravin from INDIA on 27th Nov 2010
i bought this phone before 4 mnths it has xcellent features. go n buy
it now ...
Reviewed by gunrunner from england on 26th Nov
have had the wave 4 about 6 weeks the problem i am getting is despite
the phone lock on the side being activated, the phone keeps turning
itself off. instructions say once phone lock is engaged no key or screen
can be operated,this is not the case by putting the phone in my pocket,
any prolonged pressure on the end/power off key turns the phone off.
the phone has been sent away twice and the problem is still there, shame
its a nice phone but its no good to me like that sadly i shall be waving
the wave bye bye
Reviewed by Hannah from Gloucester on 24th Nov
Got It Yesterday Amazin Phone I Fully Reccommend!!
Reviewed by julie from united kingdom on 24th
ive recentley upgraded to the samsung wave..i was offered the galaxy
which i declined as i think its a nice phone but was too big for me..ive
had the wave a week now and i love it..love all the features..love the
look of the phone..love everything..my only prob so far has been the
battery..having to charge it every night..however i have heard from
quite a lot of people that smart phones to adjust themselves and the
battery life does get better..all in all im a happy bunny
Reviewed by John Kernaghan from Australia on 23rd
I am very disappointed with the battery life of the Samsung Wave loses
it charge on standby after only 8 hours
Reviewed by Tony W from UK on 21st Nov 2010
BADA is very BAD. The phone has lots of features but the OS is awful.Screen
is nice. B U T Had the phone a only couple of days and problems to now
include:- 1 'Memory full' pop up when trying to open sms when another
app is running - have to end apps to view sms 2,restricted personalisation
of idle menu - can't have 'external' downloaded app on there - e.g gmail,
Maps 3,general navigation is a nightmare 4, don't seem to be able to
get 'my location' - gps not working? 5. can turn off some keyboard sounds
but not all 6. can't induce haptic feedback 7. touch seems inaccurate
- have to touch above the key (about 1 o'clock) for it to take
Reviewed by diane from northern ireland on 21st
my daughter asked for the samsung wave for her birthday so i got it
for her it cost me loads and its not for kids i asked the person who
worked in the shop and they said it was a very good for kids well i
think a kid should never touch a phone like that
Reviewed by P Devo from england on 16th Nov 2010
Buyers beware went thriugh 4 handsets until i finally gave it up as
avery bad idea phone might look good but that is it
Reviewed by Richard Browne from UK on 16th Nov
On the whole, a very competent little phone. The battery is decent (though
I'm not a hound for perpetual apps and browsing). The speed of the device,
running Bada, is excellent - all the phone-based features are awesomely
quick and game-play for the games provided is excellent. The touch-screen
sensitivity is excellent and the display is amazing - easily the best
phone I've had from that perspective. The camera is good although I
find taking the picture, from press to processing, to be a little slow.
The range of apps available for Bada is terrible and that doesn't seem
to be changing too quickly. I find the date-entry interface to be a
little annoying - not as common-sense as my last Samsung, the Tocco
(although the write-on-screen function is funky while the novelty lasts!).
The worst point about this phone, though, is the software - believe
other people when they say... Kies is nasty - tries to develop a windows-like
interface but is clunky and obscure for the most part. Those are the
things which prevent from being a 5-star phone.
Reviewed by Paul wellcoat from UK on 9th Nov 2010
Got the 'Wave' on vodafone last week.i have used it non stop and only
had to recharge once..I took it down to o% on the battery it took 3hrs
to run dry even after the battery showed empty on the screen. i have
put the phone on ap/uart mode type using code.!....*#8740# in the keypad.!.this
does work.! overall amazing bit of kit..one for the gadget heads.the
screen is HD heaven. A couple of cons though....i cannot use 5.1 surround
sound after BADA firmware update.!...or load the registration for Divx
videos..!!!..no major issue though..i can live with the sound quality
as it is and i have 2 kids, so getting a chance to sit and watch a video
on my phone is highly unlikely.a last plus is that the camera performs
better than the 5mp suggests.! go get one..they rock.
Reviewed by Amanda from India on 7th Nov 2010
JST 15 DAYS AFT BUYIN, ITS SHOWING SUM MEMORY PROBLEM, IT SAYS "NT ENOUGH
Reviewed by avinash from khartoum on 5th Nov 2010
idk wat u guys r talkin about...my dad jus got this phone fr me and
i must say it mops the floor with the iphone 4. the UI is amazing and
the colors pop out. the music player is awesome. btw for all u guys
havin trbl connecting to ur pc jus go to menu>settings>connectivity,
scroll 2 the bottom wer it says usb, tap it, and choose mass storage.
the phone will appear on ur pc like a usb. the battry is superb(but
takes time 2 charge). the screen is crisp(but too small). overall, i
think it is an outstanding phone.
Reviewed by e walsh from england on 4th Nov 2010
nightmare bought phone on 2 yr contact had phone 3 weeks now the software
is playing up went to samsung centre said was fixed got home now cannot
hear any messages or telephone calls it as gone silent and no matter
what cannot get back to normal working sound so will have to send back
to samsung again waste of money
Reviewed by caroline stroud from uk on 30th Oct
nightmare phone.....beset with software problems that cannot (it seems)
be resolved. It will not accept incoming e-mails, nor will it connect
to my pc. Have spent hours on the phone to Samsung helpdesk in Cairo
without any joy. Been replaced once and second set "repaired" once....ha
ha!! Don't touch it with a bargepole....I wouldn't wish it on my worst
enemy. DO NOT BUY!!!
Reply by HOWARD from ENGLAND on 31st
Incoming and Outgoing emails have stopped working on the phone. New
software download from Kies resolved the problem for 4 days then the
email problem arose again. Been on to Orange my service provider who
cannot sort the problem out. Will not buy another. All other features
Reviewed by yahaya hanif from malaysia on 30th
I just got one samsung wave I love it.
Reviewed by harry from england on 28th Oct 2010
I can't believe people have been saying that the camera is poor on the
wave. its awesome and the phone is quality. end of.
Reviewed by Tom from UK on 27th Oct 2010
after having this phone for many months i have finally got round to
sending it back. The screen looks amazing, the best display on a phone
to date. It's really resistant too which is nice if your scared of getting
it scratched. The camera and camcorder on the phone are great too and
deliver high quality imagery. However the battery is useless even after
the firmware update. I didn't buy this phone to keep it in my pocket
all day. I want to use it to its full potential. Taking pics and vids
drains it the worst. Don't expect to be using the Internet for too long
either. Listening to music might just about last 4hrs. Doing pretty
much anything on the phone causes the battery to heat up considerably.
The app store is useless too. There's a few good games such as need
for speed and everybody's golf. But the majority of apps are for a foreign
audience. Half the apps aren't even in English. More like Turkish, Chinese
and god knows what else. Fancy the App; 'Muslim baby names'? how a bout
'mosque finder'? perhaps you want to find you way around Tehran? well
its all possible on this phone. Not very handy for me though. I wish
they'd make the store suitable for your own country. But the icing on
the cake is that this phone keeps crashing. I get a blue screen similar
to that on windows. i then have to remove the battery in order to turn
the phone back on again. This may happen when trying to play a song
or just closing an application. You cannot utilise this phone to its
full potential without it crashing on you or running out of battery.
If you want a phone for its WI-FI, mp3 player and multimedia abilities
stay clear of this phone. I bought this phone to make good use of it.
You cant do that with the Samsung Wave. If you want a hi-tech phone
that you know you wont be using very much, you might consider this but
then i say to you, you've got more money than sense. Maybe if Samsung
truly address the issues with this phone it would be amazing, sadly
it isn't . As for those who keep saying its an Iphone killer it certainly
Reviewed by carl from england on 26th Oct 2010
i think the phone is rubbish its not as good as they say it is, keeps
coming up not enough memory so u have to keep turning it off. u need
memory card to use navigation, u got to download facebook even thou
u already have rubbish version on it. email is pointless having to keep
downlaoding and then retrieve it which is totally stupid. only decent
thing about this phone is battery life is great, not having samsung
again unless they start to change. apps are pointless on here. if people
read this dont buy it unless u just wanna call people.
Reviewed by Xena from UK on 18th Oct 2010
On my second Wave in two weeks, this one is better but hard work using
Kies on PC! Nice looking but the case a bit slippery and nearly dropped
it a few times. But overall a good phone.
Reviewed by barbra from England on 16th Oct 2010
I HAVE RECENTLY BROUGHT THE SAMSUNG WAVE. I AM NOT A FAN, AND NOW HAVE
A CONTRACT WITH THE COMPANY FOR 2 YEARS!! NONE OF THE NAVIGATION WORKS,
AND THE APP STORE DOESN'T SUPPORT ANY OF THE APPS I WANT! IT IS SLOW
AFTER I HAVE 60 TEXT MESSAGES ON THERE TOO. HOWEVER, THE COLOUR SCREEN
IS BRILLIANT! AND THE SOUND IS GOOD. OTHER WISE,PERSONALLY, I WOULD
NOT RECORMEND THE PHONE!
Reviewed by Paolo from Philippines on 14th Oct
My Jet was stolen so I decided to buy this phone. I'm using the phone
for almost a month now and it has been superb. Wave is a lot better
than the Jet. There are plenty of free/paid applications uploaded everyday
on the Samsung Apps so you can just choose the application you want
to install to make your Wave more brilliant. The battery is also a lot
better than the Jet. Good job Samsung!
Reviewed by Elaine from Scotland on 12th Oct 2010
Like the phone. Very smart. Hate texting from it as almost impossible
unless you're sitting down with hands both free. But worst of all it
keeps calling people on my list whilst its in my pocket...Infuriating.
Such a let down. It also just flashes an illuminous green screen now
and again so need to take battery out to reset it.
Reviewed by Ian from UAE on 29th Sep 2010
By the way the Wave DOES have flash support in its browser! The Wave
also uses an Apple style system of pinching for zooming and double tapping
to select text in the browser - the zooming also works for photos too.
It also has another trick up it's sleeve, it can act like a WiFi hub!
Using your data package for internet access the phone gives out a WiFi
signal which you can connect your other devices to (laptop, iPad, iTouch
etc etc)! Always handy if you are in a pickle! It also has an Exchange
mail function built in so you can sync contacts, email, calendar and
to do lists with Exchange accounts, including Gmail! The Wave is a good
phone if you are not worried about many apps, but otherwise the Facebook
app and others work fine. A Google Maps app is not preloaded but just
browse to the link to use google Maps. The music player has a built
in function to sample 10 secs of music from any source you are listening
to and via its internet / data connection it will tell you the name
of the song and the artist - built in and FREE (other than data charges!).
The music player in general is excellent with a great set of equalizer
options to choose from. The video player is superb on the AMOLED screen,
blacks are black, not a muted grey - Ironman is awesome on the phone!
It is a good phone, just don't expect a great set of apps if that is
Reviewed by Mahmoud from Libya on 27th Sep 2010
Outstanding phone, One of the best phone I ever used.In my opinion it's
better than I phone 4. Well done Samsung.
Reviewed by ed from england on 27th Sep 2010
Awsome camera, all round great!
Reviewed by Andrew Moore from Isle of Man on 25th
Bought this phone and absolutely loved using it. Brilliant features,
looks amazing. But unfortunately the I had was subject to randomly resetting
itself on and off at anytime it felt like it. When I turned the phone
back on the back of it felt very hot as thought it had been over-heating.
Sent it back and got a 2nd one delivered only to find the same problem
happening again after 28 days, even if the phone was just sat stationary
on a table! Such a shame I won't be trying a third one beucase the phone
is actually very good.
Reviewed by vince from england on 20th Sep 2010
Screen cracked after 2 days just in pocket, my old LG Cookie lasted
2 years. Orange won't do anything so won't go back to them either.
Reviewed by Morrison from UK on 19th Sep 2010
Why oh Why do people have a moan up about the battery life on the Samsung
Wave ? Learn how to use it correctly ! Turn of WiFi & 3G & switch it
on when needed simple, overall a good quality phone with excellent build
quality, camera & outsatnding HD recording, I've recorded some small
video clips from the phone & played them on my 42" tv & the video footage
is excellent. Had this phone for over a month now, cheap tariffs for
this phone of iphone 4 quality.
Reviewed by rev from England on 19th Sep 2010
The Samsung wave is a nice looking slim phone, with a fantastic screen,
the best contrast you will see on any phone and not forgetting it has
Dolby surround sound. The HD video is probably the best out there, and
it's fast too. Not to mention some great features such as fake call
and an innovative security feature which allows you to track your phone
if you lose it. Now as you can see, I have only given this 3 stars,
and this is because while I had the phone I found the signal wasn't
too good, especially compared with my older phones. Also using HD video
is a killer on memory, for 2 mins of HD youíre looking at 200mb
of memory gone, so you really do need a large memory card to make use
of this feature and due to the size you can forget about uploading these
videos to facebook! The camera on this is quite good, and on its screen,
photos look amazing but once there on your computer they don't look
as nice but itís still quite a good camera. Another thing is that
texting on this phone isn't great, as you tend to make mistakes quite
a lot due to letters being so close together; better in landscape mode
but nowhere as good as say an iphone. Swype, which is on the galaxy
s, is not available on this phone, a shame and I don't believe they
will bring this feature as it's not a flagship phone. Moreover, I found
having to press the centre diamond button every time to access the menu
screen was rather annoying as it felt loose and ruined the feel of the
otherwise great build quality. One of the most annoying things about
this phone was that it will always make a beeping noise when the battery
is low indicating it needs a charge, even in silent mode. This can't
be turned off without having to turn the phone off, and as battery doesn't
last that long it happens quite a lot, very annoying if it wakes you
up in the middle of the night to tell you it needs a charge. In addition
to this as most people have mentioned is the lack of decent apps on
the app store, yes a lot of the apps are free but most of them are useless,
and I don't see this competing with android or apple app stores as Samsung's
own flagship the galaxy s is running android. Finally, if youíre
buying this phone without a contract, expect it to lose a lot of value
compared to say an iphone or blackberry, for example 02 recycle will
only buy this off you for £50 compared to £365 for an iphone 4, so it
may be a lot cheaper than an iphone but itís also worth a lot
less. Overall, however this is a good feature phone and there are some
good contract deals out there and it isn't as expensive as other phones
with similar features. You may love the wave and it depends on what
you need a phone for, but I can't personally recommend this as its not
great at the primary features of a phone such as calling and texting
and has too many annoying things about it which is a shame as I was
initially blown away by it.
Reviewed by bob from England on 18th Sep 2010
The best phone i've ever had. i don't know what everyone else is talking
about??? Two words to finish,the best.
Reviewed by Andy from England on 16th Sep 2010
onr word - terrible
Reviewed by Malc from England on 10th Sep 2010
Best phone on the market bar none.
Reviewed by Roundman from England on 9th Sep 2010
Got offered this phone by Orange on a cheap deal with 3 months left
until my contract expired and i can see why, Considering it is a Smart
Phone there are too many apps compared to the I phone and the Android
apps...and most the ones on there are no use nor ornament.. I have taken
3 photos now the memory is full even thought i have included an additional
memory card.. after 3 days I have hit the download limit cause i cant
switch it off from 3G (instead of using wi-fi).. The transfer of kies
is absolutely shocking and once they are downloaded to the phone i can
not find them. The phone is very slow to boot up on internet compared
to other smart phones that people have at work.. I upgraded to this
cause my other phone fell apart 3 months before my 24 month contract
expired and i now wish that i waited for the extra 3 months to get a
new phone with a new contract with a different provider that might of
given me a free TV !!! I am now attempting to get orange to take the
heap of junk back so i can get something else !!
Reviewed by Bex from england on 7th Sep 2010
had this phone since friday and its stressed me out wince iv had it,
the facebook app WAS workin and now it laods and then switches off,
wen i go on internet i sometimes have to turn my phone off cause it
says Memorie full ?? battery is rubbish and the book didnt explain much
so i really didnt understand it, kep bords too small could do with a
pen for touch scree....
Reviewed by Elvis from Burnville on 7th Sep 2010
Please don't buy this phone, camera quality is poor. 5 mp camera is
like VGA, not a smart phone and pathetic
Reviewed by Helen from UK on 7th Sep 2010
I have just bought the Samsung Wave and i think it is Fantastic :) i
would recommend anyone upgrading there phone to really consider it because
it is really that fantastic. As soon as i seen someone with it i thought
i need that phone, the looks are gorgeous and it is very slim and all
the features on the phone are perfect and suit everyone and every age
group. The performance of the phone is amazing and it runs so quickly
and i have had no problems with it at all it is just too great for anything
to go wrong with it. I absolutely love this phone and i wouldnt swap
it at all for any other phone. I was going to get the Iphone but i have
really gone off them with all the hype going on around them. I then
seen the samsung wave and i instantly thought i need it and now i have
it i love it. I would totally recommned this phone and i have had no
problems with it at all it is very smooth running just how any phone
should be... it gets two thumbs up from me :) and 5 stars for definate
Reviewed by Patrick from england on 5th Sep 2010
This phone is exeptional especially for school children. This is the
best phone my son has ever had. The battery is great, the screen is
crisp, it is easy to make phone calls. however it would be nice to have
swype on it, but i guess samsung will do it sometime soon.
Reviewed by Rob Gee from UK on 5th Sep 2010
I got this phone from Orange and I can see why they were so keen for
me to have one. In terms of appearance the phone does look very good,
the screen is great and the user interface offers lots of eye candy.
But, and this is a BIG BUT, the actual performance as a phone is totally
lousy. Firstly, the actual sensitivity of the radio section is very
poor. For instance, in an area showing full signal strength on a Nokia
E51, the Samsung wave showed just 1 bar. Same network, same SIM in both
phones. Secondly, the received and transmitted sound quality is very
poor. The voice sounds muffled in the Samsung while the called party
described the received sound as "tinny". Battery life isn't great but
then thats fairly typical for a smart phone. So, putting the bells and
whistles to one side, if you want a phone which actually functions well
as a communication device, then DO NOT GET THE SAMSUNG WAVE GT-S8500
Reviewed by chris dee from uk on 3rd Sep 2010
i posted something on regarding the battery...ifound on the net...type
*#8740# if it says ap uart enabled then thats correct...if it says cp
uart then thats wrong...type the code in to get the correct one ap uart
enabled. aparntly it doesnt use the battery as much try it av just done
mine...mite work mite not????? ta
Reviewed by chris dee from uk on 1st Sep 2010
battery life...why is it so poor??? rang samsung told me to change the
backlight to 3mins??? any 1 got any tips...battery drained within 6
hrs and thats hardly any use downloaded few apps and browsed net for
10mins...screen amazing like? they have advertised a good battery but
its not the case....i got a nokia 6303 that battery does what it says...
Reviewed by Hassan from Saudi Arabia on 31st Aug
I have had this phone for 4 days and this is my first time to use Samsung
Brand,I used to have an Iphone.I strongly believe,if you are looking
for a phone which has a good internet options,Buy an Iphone,but If you
are looking for a phone with many options and you don't really care
about using the internet,Buy Wave8500. For me, I tried many brands(
Nokia,SoneyEr,LG..etc) the best phone that I have ever tried is Wave8500
Reviewed by Kim from uk on 31st Aug 2010
Had the wave about a week, still trying to figure out a few things on
it, The battery doesnt seem to last to long im putting it on charge
every evening,i have to keep my hand dead still when taking a photo
otherwise it comes out blurry. But overall a good phone that looks pretty
Reviewed by Deanie from England on 23rd Aug 2010
OK just recently upgraded from a Nokia 5800 to the Samsung Wave & WOW
screen is superb nearly as good as the iphone 4, Apps are a little sparse
but more are being added all the time. Apps for me are no issue. Build
quality of the phone is excellent. The battery which is a 1500mah lasts
me 2-3 days! Thatís with average use of the internet, making calls
& some texts.... All you have to do to prolong battery life is go to
Settings/Connectivity/Network/Network mode & change to GSM 900/1800
for the UK, then switch it back to Automatic for 3G simple, since I
donít use 3G that much its ideal ! Movies are great to watch on
the Super AMOLED screen, Camera & Video are great, though settings take
a bit of getting use too... Other than that itís a great alternative
to the iphone 4 & costs a lot less on contract as well, plus you get
a good signal no matter how you hold it not like the iphone 4. I have
never had a Samsung before & I would fully recommend it !
Reviewed by Roberto from ITALY on 20th Aug 2010
THE BEST. I've put down my iphone 4 because i've tryied my samsung wave.
Wave outstands ALL. IPHONE 4 too.
Reviewed by Bob from Wales on 19th Aug 2010
Bought this phone as I wanted a similiar but a little better upgrade
to my Samsung Jet and after reading reviews of this phone I decided
to go ahead and buy it. I have to say the screen is absolutely gorgous
and its a very easy phone to use but for some reason I am getting bad
signal with it. The Samsung Jet had full reception in my bedroom(i am
on o2) as has my wifes LG Cookie(she is on orange) but this only has
half,sometimes less signal. Dont know if its a fault on this specific
handset because I bought it brand new boxed. Apart from this its a top
phone but to me signal is a major part of a phone so hence the 3 stars.
Wish I'd kept the jet now.
Reviewed by Ley from England on 19th Aug 2010
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PHONE!!! Wow this is the best quality picture
on a phone I have ever seen, even my friend who has the new iphone 4
wants to swap with me!! Seriously nice looking, fantastic quality, feels
great and solid, touchscreen is fab and super responsive, took a couple
of days to get used to after my previous touchscreen, which was nowhere
near as good and now I am beaming at how good this phone is and I don't
normally get excited by a phone! Oh and to top it all off the photo
quality is also out of this world compared to other phones I have used
and seen. All in all really really really mega impressed.
Reviewed by laura from uk on 19th Aug 2010
ive had this phone 4 less than a day im loving it so far but cant get
the kies thing t work how do i close the apps that are running??
Reviewed by Joey from England on 18th Aug 2010
Had the Wave for a whole 2 weeks now .Finally sat down and investigated
it. I multi -text a number of people at the same time for work based
issues cheaper that phoning a less norsing that phone meetings .The
results are great im involved with say 4 conversations at once the intergration
of converstions is excellent ..nothing worse than texting wrong thing
to wrong person. 1)Basic stuff flip phone to the side to inlarge Querty
key board it is plenty big enough to navigate. 2) Em Ormy: The Phone
screen goes to stand by every 1 or so mins or any operatunity it gets
to save battery life. Flick the button on the upper RIGHT hand side
to reactivate takes a sec or so .Swipe screen with your tumb and ready
to go.Simple a false use deterant. Freezing can be an issue watch the
temp of the device warm phone warm hand ,warm hand even warmer phone.Then
like a PC it will freeze with a heat issue.Trust me im on it for hours
with work let it cool intermitently. 3)Kies is a really basic PC interface
Nokia is much better.It does come into its own for media like divx etc
.Interface from PC to phone is very simple to use with a 2gb M/card
you can hold around 2 x 580mb films and watch with HD quality at a later
time.Supurb quality. Study kies and make it work for you.Much easier
to download apps to your computer and films etc then to your phone using
Kies PC to phone " CLICK ON "pc on the top left of screen works no problem.Your
whole computer is btought up transfer what ever you need basic but works
better.Install codec pack and you can divx format. Had issues purchasing
Apps and then transfering to phone" Not enough space"on the samsung
apps shop. I could drive a car through it there s that much space?Cant
be bothered with it no wonder there cheap.Just do as above no issues.
4)Battery life is an issue with most Samsung phones bare in mind exceptional
amount of graphic s and interface takes some booty power. Generally
speaking youtube and msn and face book are fine and browser is quick
on wifi.Again i would nt use Kies for its u tube or anything id use
pc to download to my phone if i wanted to view it later lets say .Upload
to your pc is easy to dont need kies to do hat really.Kies just brings
the pc n phone together. Anyway hope this is of some use to somebody.I,ll
update as i spend a bit more time on it.
Reviewed by Brad from Australia on 16th Aug 2010
Bought matching phones for myself and wife when we emigrated from UK
to Australia 2 weeks ago. My phone still works great but within a week
of purchase my wifes phone just froze up and then went dead. Now it
won't even turn on at all. Have tried swapping batteries with my phone,
so it is not a battery fault. Even worse there is no international warranty
so looks like I'm going to have to post it back to UK to get repaired
or more likely replaced as this one looks truly a dud. So appears to
be a lottery as to what you get.
Reviewed by Claire from England on 13th Aug 2010
Keeps freezing and takes ages to unfreeze, battery life not good either...
Shame I was looking forward to a new phone and now fed up already after
Reviewed by Iroc from uk on 12th Aug 2010
Fantastic phone. All criticisms that I have heard against it are down
to an unlucky few with faulty handsets or people just not bothering
to do a bit of research on how it works. It has the best and most complete
hardware package of any phone in the world, any minor software niggles
can be sorted. This is bada version 1, don't forget, and it's not far
from perfect now!
Reviewed by peter t from england on 12th Aug 2010
had phone for 2 monts now, dont like kies ( total confusion or what
)need more apps . apart from that phone is okish
Reviewed by simon from england on 12th Aug 2010
my last 3 phones were nokia last one being the n85 - fancied a change
so went for the wave its an ok phone but preffered the n85. The wave
has got old sounding ring and message tones and not much scope for personalising
them and hasnt got as many as standard gimmicks (wich is something i
like in a phone). the calculator hasn't got percentages. the converter
is useless, the 'accept call' button doesn't always work so you have
to phone the person back wich obviously costs money I have only downloaded
the free apps so far but havent found them to be much good -lots of
choice though the delivery report of messages comes back as a text message
which is quite annoying I am still exploring all its features as its
quite new - not overjoyed with it so far but dont hate it either !
Reviewed by Boratiitibabtunadesugary from Somalia on
9th Aug 2010
Theis fone it tha breast
Reviewed by Simon from UK on 8th Aug 2010
Tip on battery life - there is a high def mode called something like
CP UART mode, which drains battery life like crazy. AP UART mode, in
which it would appear you get slightly slower internet speeds and can't
watch High Def movies, you get double battery life. You toggle between
the two by entering a command on the keypad, can't remember it off hand
but it is available on the Samsung mobile forums. Users are reporting
battery life of 4 days in AP UART mode. I've switched mine and it would
seem that (using 2G most of the time) I've doubled mine.
Reviewed by Suygun from Turkey on 7th Aug 2010
Perfect phone better than iphone & others
Reviewed by Al from UK on 4th Aug 2010
The five stars i've given are based on having only owned the phone for
24 hours and being really impressed with what i've seen so far. Compared
to my last phone, a G600, this is outstanding. And the G600 was more
than good. Anyway, I was only wanting to say to the people who are having
problems with the phone shutting down & battery problems,- do yo know
about the button towards the top left hand side of the phone? I didn't
& it drove me mad thinking it had shut down after every couple of minutes.
I was continuously taking out the battery & re-starting it. I was about
to take it back to the shop when I found the button that brings it back
to life. The phone is designed to shut the screen down to avoid it say,
answering a call whilst in your pocket or bag. If the switch-off time
was originaly set to 5 hours for example, that could explain the "short"
battery life. Hope this helps.
Reviewed by LEWIS from England on 3rd Aug 2010
Thought I would have a change from Blackberry, so considered all the
latest models. Most touch screens were too sensitive for my podgy old
fingers, as different movement to Blackberry. Choose Wave, and really
liked it until I came to the Kies bit. I use and need Outlook for my
contacts and calender,and was assured that Kies would work. It's now
1.5 days of my time and long phone calls with Sansung support. Vodafone
guys admitted they didn't know what Kies was, so refered me to Samsun.
They have tried to be helpful,but failed, so have now refered me to
Samsum engineers based in either Kingston and Reading.The numbers provided
are at Carphone Warehouse, who didn't answer. Looking at the reviews
for the new Galaxy S, Kies is used there as well and does not get a
good rating. Pity, nice phone.
Reviewed by David from U.K on 2nd Aug 2010
I've had the Samsung Wave for about a month or so and I've had a very
postive experience. The Bada user interface is clear and intuitive,
the screen and camera excellent. Call quality and keyboard are great.
As a media player it's very effective. Regarding battery life - it's
very good .. apart from when I set the alarm clock .. I've found the
phone will use about two bars of battery life overnight when the alarm
is set. This sounds like it might be a bug which I hope Samsung will
address. Has anyone else found this? All said and done this is an excellent
phone which I'd recommend. If Samsung can inspire developers to create
more and better Bada applications for the app store, it's onto a winner.
Reviewed by Jayne from UK on 2nd Aug 2010
I got this phone on Vodafone as an upgrade. Love the phone - prob 1
of the best I've had and believe me I've tried lots! However, it developed
an issue after approx 10 days of 'freezing' when I wanted to open Contacts/write
text message/open Facebook etc. Eventually got through to Vodafone and
I am now (im)patiently waiting for my replacement to arrive today. Have
got fingers crossed that it'll be problem-free. Will do a proper review
when I have used it for a few days and hopefully don't get the issue
that I had with the 1st phone.
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 2nd Aug 2010
I'm now on my 4th Samsung wave in as many weeks. All have had the same
problem. Shuts down, battery gets hot, screen freezes. Its been a night
mare. When it works, great phone, but would never have another one.
Waiting on a Nokia to replace it.
Reviewed by Lesley from England on 1st Aug 2010
Very poor battery life. The phone itself it great however you could
get caught out with the battery power!
Reviewed by Em Ormy from UK on 31st Jul 2010
Can anyone help...I am on my 2nd Sansung Wave in as many days and the
handset keeps turning itself off it doesn't even last 5 minutes on standby?.....what
am I doing wrong? Can anyone help?
Reviewed by Stanjacko from UK on 28th Jul 2010
WOW, electriceye must have some weird magnetic charge capabilities to
get 4 days from his iphone. Ultimately, spare Samsung batteries are
available for the princely sum of £7.95 from Amazon, a luxury that is
not an option for the "eye"phone!!
Reviewed by electriceye from England on 26th Jul
Hi fellow wave fans, hope this is a helpfull tip. Posted a message on
the 20th July saying Battery on the wave is terrible, one maybe two
days tops similar to many other people. With this in mind i called in
Samsung warranty repair store on Sat 24th & asked if this was normal
& was told NO "samsung are aware of problem" & have issued a code-fix.
Amazed I requested it & 30mis later picked up my phone free of charge.
In the last 49hrs continuous use, my wave has only used 12percent battery.
Hope you find this interesting & it helps what appears to be the majority
of people with the wave. Ps four other people had brought their waves
in the store that morning alone, all with the same poor battery problem.
Note this was a genuine samsung warranty store, not just a back street
mobile trader, so look up the samsung warranty store for your area.
This phone is so good now, but still poor apps, but truly happy now.
Good luck & long battery life.
Reviewed by phil007uk from st helens on 26th Jul
i bought this phone yesterday and i think its brilliant,i wanted a phone
that was wireless and be able to watch the bbc iplayer etc,and this
phone delivers big time,there are short cuts built in it for facebook,you
tube etc and its lightning fast to connect,i cant praise this phone
enough,very very easy to use and understand,camera is mint etc etc etc
. JUST BUY 1 you wont be let down ;)
Reviewed by MATTY from ENGLAND on 24th Jul 2010
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Phone exelent features, but too hard to txt as u cant use a pen and
signal is terrible on mine. wish id neva bought it. the previous jet
was miles beta, wish i didnt smash it and have to buy this one